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June 20, 2013

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COOPERSTOWN — Twenty-five people who work mainly on a voluntary basis in the local region to resolve disputes outside of the courtroom have received special thanks from state and local organizations which run mediation programs.

Local mediators gathered in the Otsego County courthouse Thursday, June 9, to hear comments about the value of their work and receive certificates of appreciation.

“You truly are the peacemakers in our society — for that we thank you,” said state Supreme Court Judge Robert A. Harlem.

Mediation is often a more meaningful way to resolve disputes because the people on both sides feel they have a say and can walk away with a feeling of satisfaction. 

Among others who spoke was Thomas F. Christian, state director of the Community Dispute Resolution Centers program under the state unified court system.

Christian said mediation is important because it reduces the workload on the courts and potentially prevents some disputes from ending in violence. 

The mediators receiving recognition work in Otsego, Delaware and Chenango counties. 

Those receiving certificates include Ferdinand Ermlich, founder of the AGREE mediation center in Oneonta, Dr. Arthur F. Dauria, Nettie Jean Scarzafava of the AGREE advisory council, Melissa R. Weidman, program director for AGREE and John Salo of the Victim-Offender Reconciliation program.

Also, Sheila Lymus, Rebecca and Dr. Ali Zohoori, Nancy Garrison, Kathy Shimberg and Christopher Weidman.

Also, Terrance Collins, Sherry Frohman, Jack Gardner, Kathy King, Patricia Lapidus, Mary O’Connor, Patricia Sloth, Phyllis Van Keuren, Mark Rogers, Michael Haehnel of the Delaware County Disputer Resolution Center, Alan Case and Josephine Benecke.

 

50 years ago

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Four persons — three newsmen and a college professor — constituted the “public” at a public hearing on the $2.5 million budget Wednesday night at Oneonta High.

School Board members, including a commissioner-elect, attended along with members of the administrative staff. There were many more administrators than “public.”

The session lasted only eight minutes.

Only one person asked questions. That was John Wilcox, 1 Union St., a college professor and former school administrator.

The public hearing was opened at 8 p.m. with a brief comment by Board president Ani P. Colone, who pointed out that the proceedings were “in compliance with statutory order.”

He commended Oneonta school administration for providing a “sound budget.”

Opened to comment from the floor, the budget drew a question from Mr. Wilcox who asked, “does this budget show a breakdown in terms of costs per pupil?”

Superintendent Harold V. Hager said it did not but reported the cost can be estimated at between $540 and $550 per pupil.

Mr. Wilcox then said, “I ought to give Dr. Hager a chance to compare that figure with state costs instead of leaving the figure standing alone.” Dr. Hager answered that the $540-550 sum is from $5 to $15 higher than last year but right in line with the state average.